200th project

At the end of 2017, I finished my 200th project.  It was part of a small handful of projects I crammed in for gifts at the end of the year even though I swear every year that I will not do Christmas gift knitting.  In my defense of breaking my no-deadline-gift knitting, item no.200 was for my mom, who expressed a need for a hat.  And, before I show you the picture, let me tell you that it is really hard to get a picture of the back of one's own head, but I wanted a picture that showed off the back and I need to get a picture really quickly before I gifted it.  So, with that in mind, here is my 200th knitted item:

I've been knitting for just over 8 years now, which means I'm averaging 25 projects a year.  This average is totally skewed because of 2013 in which I managed to complete 48 projects.   I made a whole bunch of beaded bracelets... maybe I should make more of those this year... 2013 was also the year in which I hit the 100 project mark.  My 100 projects post is HER…

Tooth Fairy

So . . . how many times have I come back to this blog and said, "Oops, I guess it's been a while?"  Well, however many it has been (don't tell me), add one more.  On the upside, it's been less than a year since my last post.

I got a new power cord for my old laptop (the left side of the screen is cracked and black, but 80% of the screen still works, so it's still mostly usable) and may actually blog again now that I'm on it.  It is SO MUCH EASIER, in my opinion, to blog from a computer than from a cell phone.

One of the reasons for fewer blog posts is because there has been less knitting.  I completed only 14 projects in 2017.  (Only one of those was for myself, and I posted about that as my only posts last year. More selfish knitting!!!)

The first project I made last year was this:

She's a tooth fairy!  Jo had her first wiggly teeth last year in February (she was five) so I made a little tooth fairy.  Her apron is a pocket.  She's based on the pa…

Satisfaction brought it back

Brought back my love of knitting, that is. I am quite satisfied:

I love the little sheep!

All total, they took less than a week, which makes me happy, too. I'm back in my knitting groove and have worked some on Jo's new hat and a project I'm fixing for a friend since finishing these on Saturday. Of course, I'm also stash diving today to see what other new, quick project I might cast on for me. (I'm not a monogamous knitter, y'all, in case you couldn't tell.)
Pattern again is Greenway Sheep which is free on Ravelry. I used Inner Yarn Zen Superwash fingering.  I modified the pattern to use only 48 stitches and I added a thumb gusset because I am a thumb gusset type person.

I get cranky

Hello (echo, echo, echo...)! I'm not sure if anyone is still following my blog since it's been over two years since I last posted, and if you want two posts you have to go three years back. There are two things in my life that have led to blog silence: 1) small child. Jo is now 5! 2) smart phone. I blogged when I sat at the computer. I do much less  computer sitting since I a) graduated from college, and b) got a smart phone and I don't like composing blogs on my phone. I can't format in the same ways and I don't like that. But here I am, blogging on my phone.
Another observation that I have made about myself is actually the thought seed for this blog post. Yesterday I was looking at my current WIPs (that's Works in Progress, Muggles) and I was feeling twitchy. I didn't WANT to work on the monster Jo wanted to give Daddy for Christmas, or the hat I started for Jo, or that project I am fixing for a friend, or that languishing sample knit, or those socks for…

Been a while...

Hello, Blog!  It's been a while.  Like, almost a year.  We bought a house last year!  I can't believe we'e been homeowners for a year!  In the move, though, our laptop screen got cracked and the left couple inches of the screen are black and line-y.  That and now-three-year-old loves to use the computer. Since the move, I just haven't spent much time on the laptop to write blog posts, but I'm here to resurrect the blog!

Here's my most recently finished project:

The pattern is Josh Ryks "Mystik Sprial Socks" which incorporate short rows to give some fun shaping:
My yarn is more subtle than the self-striping yarns other people generally choose for this pattern and I think I'm going to knit this pattern again eventually using a more obviously self-striping yarn, but I still think these are fun.  (I used 330 yards of Schachenmayr Regia Digipix Color: PC Color which I received as a gift from a Ravelry swap.)
These are my first socks of the year as part…

Drive By Blogging: Random Toddler Things

At the end of last year, I knit up a handful of little random things for my toddler.

First is a big mouth monster:

The pattern is Rebecca Danger's Pocket-Sized Phone Friend, but I knit it out of bulky weight yarn held double on size 10 needles.  He's big enough to hold all sorts of odds and ends that my toddler picks up.

Second is a pair of slipper socks:
I improvised the pattern based on gauge and the size of her foot.  She, of course, promptly outgrew them.

Third, a hat with rabbit ears.

She got a Christmas book called, "Shall I Knit You a Hat?" about a little rabbit whose mother knits him a hat to keep his ears warm because a big snow is coming.  It has a pattern in the back that I heavily modified to create the above hat.

Drive By Blogging: Baby gifts

In the past couple of months, several of my friends have had babies.  Naturally, I knit.

One friend decided not to find out if she was having a boy or a girl.  May I just mention at this moment how inconvenient this is for a knitter?  Ahem.  I'll stop there.  I'm sure I'll mention the subject again some other time.

Anyway, for this friend, I pulled out some "gender neutral baby barf" yarn from my stash and knit up a hat and booties.  Then I waited until the baby was born and added the relevant coloured buttons:

I ended up affixing the pink ones for her baby girl:

And for a couple of other friends who were both having girls, I knit up an apple hat:

and a pair of purple booties:

The bootie pattern is Natalie Larson's Bitty Booties, which I modify so as to not need a provisional cast on. The square hat is Carol Ullmann's Square Baby with pompoms instead of tassels.  The apple hat is Iryna Boehland's Lil' Apple Hat, modified to not be so tiny with Hin…